Britney Spears’s Father Agrees to Step Down as Her Conservator

The move is a big victory for the star—not to mention the #FreeBritney movement

In mid-July, when Britney Spears was given permission by the court to select Matthew Rosengart to represent her in the battle to free herself from a longstanding legal conservatorship, the lawyer told the court, “We will be filing as quickly as possible to get Mr. [Jamie] Spears removed from the conservatorship…If he loves his daughter it is time to step aside and move on so she can have her life back.”

According to Variety, Jamie Spears filed paperwork on Thursday saying he will, in fact, step down from his role as his 39-year-old daughter’s court-ordered keeper, a massive victory for the embattled star.

While Britney has said she considers the conservatorship abusive and that she’d like an investigation into his conduct, Jamie’s attorneys made clear that his stepping down has nothing to do with those allegations.

“There are, in fact, no actual grounds for suspending or removing Mr. Spears as the Conservator of the Estate under Probate Code section 2650. And it is highly debatable whether a change in conservator at this time would be in Ms. Spears’ best interests,” the document says. “Nevertheless, even as Mr. Spears is the unremitting target of unjustified attacks, he does not believe that a public battle with his daughter over his continuing service as her conservator would be in her best interests. So even though he must contest this unjustified Petition for his removal, Mr. Spears intends to work with the Court and his daughter’s new attorney to prepare for an orderly transition to a new conservator.” 

In a statement obtained by Variety, Rosegart said, “We are pleased that Mr. Spears and his lawyer have today conceded in a filing that he must be removed. It is vindication for Britney. We are disappointed, however, by their ongoing shameful and reprehensible attacks on Ms. Spears and others. We look forward to continuing our vigorous investigation into the conduct of Mr. Spears, and others, over the past 13 years, while he reaped millions of dollars from his daughter’s estate, and I look forward to taking Mr. Spears’s sworn deposition in the near future.”

On July 27, Britney’s new lawyers filed a pair of petitions asking the court to suspend and remove her father as conservator of her estate, and to appoint a certified public accountant named Jason Rubin in his place.

“Ms. Spears respectfully submits that the Court should appoint her nominee; in that, it is an objectively intelligent preference to nominate a highly qualified, professional fiduciary in this circumstance,” the petition, filed by lawyer Mathew Rosengart, reads, adding that since the court recognized that the pop star has “sufficient capacity” to select a lawyer, it should also allow her to nominate a conservator. Jamie has been the conservator of Britney’s estate since 2008.

On Twitter, fans and adherents of the #FreeBritney movement were already celebrating the victory. As one fan said, “We’re one step closer. Now get Britney the justice she deserves.”

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